On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.
Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.
Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?
Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.
But who can she trust?
Darby Thorne is driving home for a Christmas she’ll never forget. The weather outside is frightful, and it only gets worse from there. Darby’s car fails in the terrible wintry weather, and she finds herself stuck at a rest stop with four strangers. Seeing as she can’t get home, Darby is desperate to speak to her dying mother, and stumbles upon a horrifying scene: one of the strangers she’s stuck with has abducted and caged a child. As she’s cut off from the world due to the treacherous weather, what can Darby do to save the kid, and herself?
No Exit is a suspenseful novel that will have the average reader full of angst, hoping and wondering if the heroine survives the night.
What. A. Book! This reads like a movie, and is really, really enjoyable.
This book had my stomach in knots. I was completely invested in the characters, the plot, just everything about it. The author successfully made me sad when I was meant to be sad; scared and nervous when I was meant to be scared and nervous. Mad, glad and so on. The point is, this was easy to engage with.
I LOVED the setting of this book, and it undoubtedly contributed to the chilling nature of this story. The snow is falling and piling up, up, up, and the air is bitter cold with a night sky that is as dark as can be, and Darby is stuck in a quaint rest-stop with four strangers, with practically no exit due to the unforgiving nature of the weather. I mean, this setting was always going to pull me in. It’s one of my worst nightmares.
The characters were likeable, devilish and all round effective in connecting with me as a reader. Darby was a hardcore heroine that I couldn’t help but root for all throughout. The big baddie was mediocrely vicious, but it still unnerved me, because you don’t need to be all that clever to be a bad guy capable of horrific violence. I don’t know how many times I could hear Jennifer Love Hewitt from I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, screaming at her bad guy: *shoots gun* “Just *bang!* f/*@ing *bang!* DIE!”
Overall, I read this within two days and I’m rating it 5 stars; what an awesome and nerve-wracking read this is. Sometimes when you read a book, unlikeable narrators, plot holes or what not can cause issues, but the truth is I didn’t notice any such problems because of how fast paced this book was, and how riled up I was to see how it all finished. I thoroughly loved this, and recommend it without hesitation for all mystery/thriller lovers. Hopefully it won’t leave your nerves in tatters, but if it does, hey, you aren’t alone! I’ll definitely pick up whatever Taylor Adams writes next.
No Exit by Taylor Adams
Published January 2019
Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense